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The DC Code: § 5-331.16 Use of riot gear and riot tactics at First Amendment assemblies.

Index5 Police, Firefighters, Medical Examiner, and Forensic Sciences. (Refs & Annos)
a
Officers in riot gear shall be deployed consistent with the District policy on First Amendment assemblies and only where there is a danger of violence. Following any deployment of officers in riot gear, the commander at the scene shall make a written report to the Chief of Police within 48 hours and that report shall be available to the public on request.
b
(1) Large scale canisters of chemical irritant shall not be used at First Amendment assemblies absent the approval of a commanding officer at the scene, and the chemical irritant is reasonable and necessary to protect officers or others from physical harm or to arrest actively resisting subjects.
2
Chemical irritant shall not be used by officers to disperse a First Amendment assembly unless the assembly participants or others are committing acts of public disobedience endangering public safety and security.
3
A commanding officer who makes the determination specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall file with the Chief of Police a written report explaining his or her action within 48 hours after the event.

Historical and Statutory

Legislative History of Laws For Law 15-352, see notes following § 5-331.01. DC CODE § 5-331.16 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Apr. 13, 2005, D.C. Law 15-352, § 116, 52 DCR 2296.)